Just because fish have moved to deeper water does not mean that they will stay there all winter. The fish move deeper to be able to move up or down in the water to find the most suitable temperatures and best oxygen levels, and to use the deeper water as a means of escape when threatened.
One thing that a lot of winter anglers forget to do that makes a big difference in the success of a winter fishing trip is to plan. What I mean by planning is to do your homework before you go. You do this by several ways. You can talk to other fisherman that have been fishing and find out what did and did not work for them. You can check out Internet fishing reports and get the latest updates. Or if you know the name of the dock where you are taking off from you can call ahead for a updated lake report.
None of these things may seem that important now, but when you get on the lake and it is 25 to 30 degrees with a wind chill factor below freezing then this type of information is helpful. Planning a winter trip ahead of time can really make all the difference in the world in the success and the safety of your winter trip.
One of the best tips that I could give for a winter fishing trip would be to know the type of fish that you want to catch and to choose a lake that is known to have good winter fishing for that fish.
So just do your homework ahead of time and you will have a much better chance of having a productive winter fishing trip. This is a big-fish time of year and that always makes it more fun. You may contact me at email@example.com.